New Year Inspirations: New Crafting Books

Enjoying crafting? Start this New Year with lots of inspiring ideas and smart choices found in this fabulous collection of new library books. Have fun with yarn and fabric and make use of treasured possessions to create your own piece of history. Look at some enchanting knitting designs of unique accessories, as well as, innovative jewellery, quilting and stitching projects for you and the family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverBead embroidery jewelry projects : design and construction, ideas and inspiration / Jamie Cloud Eakin.
“Life is too short to wear ordinary jewelry, Eakin pronounces in the introduction to Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects. The book begins with basics of design and construction and encourages the individual design process, including creative exercises. The designs are then grouped by necklace style, and the last three chapters cover earrings, pins, and bracelets. Each chapter begins with an explanation of the style of jewelry and basic techniques. Some of the projects are beautiful and elegant, like the classic super simplicity necklace, pendant style, while some are fun and whimsical. Got a Vegas vacation coming up? There’s a fun collar necklace just for that. There are plenty of diagrams and pictures, a techniques index, and tips scattered throughout. This book will be loved by jewelry makers looking to learn a new technique or try design.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe sparkle factory : the design and craft of Tarina’s fashion jewelry and accessories / Tarina Tarantino.
“The cover photograph of celebrity jewelry designer Tarantino will give readers a good idea as to whether her aesthetic suits their tastes. Those whose reaction to her candy-pink hair and bright, oversize, kitschy jewelry is “I love it!” will enjoy this book, while those who think it looks like the aftermath of an unfortunate incident in a costume jewelry factory aren’t the intended audience. Tarantino provides a peek at the steps she took to get her business off the ground, the places she looks to for ideas, and simple projects that reflect her fun-loving credo. The photography is gorgeous; even the images of basic supplies look like still lifes with rhinestones. Furthermore, the projects themselves are easy enough for most crafters to attempt successfully. Verdict? Part collection of projects, part feel-good inspiration, Tarantino’s print debut will appeal to those who believe that there’s no such thing as too much sparkle.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverVintage projects / Vivienne Bolton.
“Things which though they’re old, have now become fashionable again. This book shows you how to make over 15 lovely projects – ranging from brooches, gloves, guest towels and scented cushions – using genuine family keepsakes, or fabrics, trimmings and other knick-knacks that have a nostalgic feel and style.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverFun with yarn and fabric / Susanna Zacke & Sania Hedengren ; photos by Magnus Selander ; translated by Ellen Hedström.
“A translation of a Swedish crafting book by two authors who are apparently quite prolific in their homeland, this slim volume is wonderfully illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs by Magnus Selander in the Swedish minimalist style that is beloved in the U.S. To this bare stage, the authors add pops of color in the form of eye-catchingly cheerful crocheted projects, including an unusual- and if not quite the “easy” of the title, at least simple-African Flower stole; covers for a car’s headrests; and a stunning Large Granny Squares bedspread. There are also a handful of knitted and embroidered designs, although many of those rely on purchased embroideries. What Zacke and Hedengren don’t offer are detailed instructions, beyond a handful of stitches in the back; one project, a necktie cross-stitched with a phrase, begins, “Think of what you want to write. Cross-stitch patterns for letters can be found online.” Since the materials used are Swedish (and not sourced) and the text is awkwardly translated at times, readers are advised to enjoy the lovely photographs and project ideas and to glean inspiration from them. Full-color photographs.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverGreat projects for guys / compiled by Barbara Delaney.
“Perfect gifts for the men in your life. Make a messenger bag, a tie portfolio, an e-reader cover, and much more.” (Book Cover, Page 4)

Syndetics book coverChildren’s spaces : from zero to ten / Judith Wilson ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“A brilliant book for design-conscious parents and kids alike! Children’s Spaces helps you to plan all the practical aspects of children’s rooms and provides plenty of affordable ideas and inspiration when it comes to their design and decoration. Judith Wilson looks at rooms for children between birth and ten years old, with chapters on babies’ rooms, rooms for girls, rooms for boys, and shared bedrooms. There are also chapters on sensible storage and areas that children and adults share – bathrooms, play areas, eating areas and outside space. Children’s Spaces contains a wealth of inspiration drawn from the homes of real families, with real kids, which amply proves that children and great design can happily co-exist without compromising on style.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverKnits from an English rose : 25 modern – vintage accessories / Louisa Harding ; [photography by Stephen Jessup].
“Timeless, accessible, and unabashedly romantic: this collection from renowned knitwear designer Louisa Harding will charm knitters of all levels. Inspired by Edwardian style, these 25 accessories all feature Louisa’s signature touches: subtle shaping, masterful and delicate stitch pattern combinations (especially cables and lace), beautiful embellishments, and exciting fibers. The fashionable, feminine projects range from capelets, collars, and cowls to gloves, hats, purses, and scarves-and include notes from Louisa.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverStitching : 35 cute sewing projects to turn everyday items into works of art / Fiona Goble.
“Stitching offers cute and quirky embroidery ideas to add a light-hearted touch to your clothes, home accessories and gifts. This fabulous collection of simple and fun motifs will inspire even a complete beginner to take up a needle and thread. Each design is shown on a different object, whether it be a French café on a apron, cheerful weather clouds on canvas shoes or a beaming moon on a lampshade, and is accompanied by straightforward instructions and suggestions for other uses.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilters : their quilts, their studios, their stories / Jo Packham.
“Every quilt tells a story – carefully preserved with fabric and thread by a purposeful hand to be cherished and passed down to keep the narrative alive. Learn about the personal biographies and stories of the contributing artists and the most important aspects of quilting and be inspired by an array of memorable quotes.” (Book Cover)

Craft Objects Of Desire

This month’s splendid selection of crafting books offers exciting vintage projects including seasonal sewing, knitting and quilting, jewellery making tips and techniques. Be inspired with some fabulous ideas on how to beautify your home and create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book cover101 ways to stitch, craft, create vintage : quick & easy projects to make for your vintage lifestyle / project editor, Jane Trollope.
“Be inspired to get crafting with this fun collection of 101 unique vintage-themed projects. Create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family, with a huge selection of vintage projects to choose from, including a vintage button necklace, suffolk puff rings, fondant fancies, fabric pin cushion, crochet hot water bottle cover, and vintage tea stand. The beautiful projects cover food and drink, home and garden, fashion, and gifts giving you the opportunity to try something new and expand your crafting skills from sewing and knitting to papercraft and cake decorating! Every project is quick and simple to make with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and there is a helpful techniques section at the back at the book, so you’ll be a crafting pro in no time. This stunning collection of craft projects will inspire you to stitch, craft and create your very own vintage lifestyle!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your own lampshades : 35 original shades to make for table lamps, ceiling lights, and more / Elizabeth Cake.
“Lighting is one of the most important elements of a room’s decorating scheme. It is functional but it can also create drama, warmth, atmosphere and a sense of fun. This fabulous new book with 35 wonderful projects from lampshade designer Elisabeth Cake shows how a beautiful and unique lampshade can completely transfer a room.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverStitch it for autumn : seasonal sewing projects to craft and quilt / Lynette Anderson.
“Transfer your home with these beautiful seasonal craft projects to stitch and saw. Lynette Anderson’s quirky designs and distinctive palette are perfect combination for this gorgeous collection of sewing ideas.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted slipper book : slippers and house shoes for the entire family / Katie Startzman ; photographs by Mika Nakanishi.
“Katie Startzman writes about knitting and other crafts (including making her own leather sandals and building a chicken coop in her backyard) on her blog, DuoFiberworks.com, which she shares with her sister. She sells individual knitting patterns from her blog and on Ravelry.com. She lives in Berea, Kentucky.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit your own zoo / Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne ; photography by Holly Jolliffe.
“Knitting patterns for 25 wild animals. There is something here for everyone, with instructions for knitting spots, stripes, fur, scales, trunks, wings and beaks! The animals are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create yourself an exotic pet or reproduce your favourite species. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things – they don’t need feeding, they won’t make a mess and they take up hardly any room!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverHome / Beci Orpin.
“Home will appeal to fans of Beci and to those who loved her previous publication, Find and Keep. Filled with 25 creative projects, each individually imagined by Beci, and designed especially for the home environment, Home will make you fall in love with your house, all over again. Similar to Find and Keep, Home is filled with inspiration and crafty ideas, along with projects designed by Beci, but this time specifically created for you home. The book is separated into three spatial areas: Living Space, Working Space and Sleeping Space. Each chapter is filled with photos and quirky illustrations from Beci, along with solid ideas on how to beautify your home, Beci style. At the end of each chapter there is a collection of projects created by Beci especially for this book, each with a varying level of difficulty, but definitely something for everyone. Try your hand at making cushions, or creating your own duvet cover. Be inspired to design your own wall art, or perfect your workspace with carefully designed space-saving techniques that are both beautiful and functional. Enter the world of Beci’s Home and be inspired to make and create objects and artwork that will enhance your living space and make your house feel all brand new again.” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co. uk)

Syndetics book coverCloth : over 30 beautiful projects from linen, cotton and silk to wool and hide / Cassandra Ellis ; photography by Catherine Gratwicke.
“Organised into five sections — Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen and Hide –Cloth provides insight into their craftsmanship and history and includes striking projects that make the most of each fabric’s properties, such as using antibacterial hemp to make napkins.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSnug as a bug / Melanie McNeice.
“Melanie McNeice is a pattern designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Melly’s adventures in sewing began six years ago when she discovered, as an at-home mother, that she still had the desire to be creative and productive. Her passion for sewing quickly grew and only 12 months after starting to sew she began designing under the pattern label Melly & Me. Melly’s goal was to develop a range of contemporary sewing patterns that included bright and quirky toys, wearable purses and lively, modern quilts. Her aim is to design items that are original, fun and achievable in a day, as well as being completely usable in everyday life.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe polymer clay artist’s guide : a directory of mixes, colors, textures, faux finishes, and surface effects / Marie Segal.
“Contains three sections. The first covers the types of clay and other materials, tools and equipment, and setting up a workspace. The second section uses step-by-step color photographs to demonstrate the core techniques for working with polymer clay, including health and safety, baking, mixing, cutting and sanding. The Directory of Effects comprises the bulk of the book. Organized by color and then by technique, there are 100 polymer clay swatches with detailed captions identifying the technique used and cross-referencing to the page showing how to recreate it. As well, the captions give ideas for how the effect might be used in jewelry and other applications.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover350 jewellery making tips, techniques & trade secrets / Xuella Arnold & Sara Withers.
“This book packs in the combined wisdom of two writer-educators who are consummate problem solvers when it comes to jewellery making.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)